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Who's driving North Carolina's latest voter fraud hysteria?   |   April 4, 2014
This week, officials at the North Carolina State Board of Elections announced they had discovered possible evidence of widespread voter fraud in the battleground state. By cross-...

 

Waterkeepers threaten lawsuit against politically connected NC hog farm   |   March 14, 2014
Environmental groups have issued notice that they intend to sue the owners and operators of a North Carolina industrial hog farm over illegal discharges of waste into groundwater...

 

Rays of light shine on political dark money   |   March 13, 2014
In recent years, the amount of election money flowing through "dark money" groups -- those that don't have to disclose their donors -- has skyrocketed, helped by the...

 

NC backslides on voting rights by disqualifying 'right church, wrong pew' ballots   |   December 20, 2013
Among the many controversial elements of North Carolina’s new Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), which requires a photo ID to vote, is the disqualification of...

 

After a political setback in NC, ALEC retools assault on renewable energy   |   December 13, 2013
After turning back a political assault on its groundbreaking renewable energy law, North Carolina could soon be a proving ground for a new strategy in the corporate-led war on...

 

Fracking chemical disclosure divides North Carolina officials   |   July 2, 2013
Requiring public disclosure of chemicals used in fracking for oil and natural gas has proven to be a controversial issue in the states -- and in North Carolina the issue has...

 

NC renewable energy law survives attack from the right, for now   |   May 28, 2013
Legislation that would have repealed North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy program appears dead for now in the General Assembly -- but its most outspoken proponent...

 

NC poll finds support for voter ID drops with more information about alternatives, impact of laws   |   April 17, 2013
One of the strongest arguments going for lawmakers who support tougher voter ID laws is that, according to many polls, the measures have public support. In North Carolina, for...

 

Meet the ALEC-connected lawmakers behind bill to kill NC renewable energy law   |   March 14, 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a controversial and powerful group that brings together state legislators and corporate representatives to promote conservative...

 

NC environmentalists look to state House to slow rush to fracking   |   March 1, 2013
A proposal to speed up North Carolina's timetable for the controversial gas drilling practice known as fracking passed the Republican-controlled state Senate this week and now...

 

In North Carolina, full speed in reverse   |   January 30, 2013
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch The 2013 session of the North Carolina General Assembly gets underway in earnest today and if the statements and signals from Governor McCrory,...

 

Amid North Carolina anti-labor campaign, public workers score union win   |   January 17, 2013
North Carolina is already the least-unionized state in the nation, with a union membership rate of only 2.9 percent and a ban on collective bargaining by public employees. And if...

 

NC judge tosses law that represented GOP revenge against public school employees   |   January 7, 2013
A law passed by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature to punish the state teachers' association for fighting education budget cuts has been thrown out as...

 

VOICES: Yes, voter suppression is controversial   |   December 14, 2012
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch It's a telling commentary on the current political dynamics in North Carolina that not only is voter suppression legislation expected to...

 

Who's funding the candidates in bizarre scandal at NC school board battling over desegregation?   |   October 23, 2012
Residents of Wake County, N.C. woke up to an eye-popping story in their Sunday paper that added several bizarre angles to the ongoing political drama over the local school system...

 

NC legislative leaders breaking records for special-interest fundraising   |   August 27, 2012
The leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly are raising more money from special-interest political action committees than their predecessors, despite promises of ending the...

 

Study that downplayed fracking risks was led by gas industry insider   |   August 1, 2012
Earlier this year, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin released a study of fracking with great fanfare, promoting the research as peer-reviewed science...

 

How NC House leaders tried to manipulate the fracking vote   |   July 25, 2012
New information has come to light about the political gamesmanship behind the controversial late-night vote to allow fracking for natural gas in North Carolina, and it reveals a...

 

The big money behind the assault against sea level rise science in North Carolina   |   July 11, 2012
A bill that would block North Carolina agencies from considering the latest science of sea level rise in making planning decisions has gotten a lot of attention nationally -- from...

 

Billionaire privatization activists pushing 'neovouchers' for North Carolina   |   June 6, 2012
North Carolina lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to establish an indirect voucher system that would help low-income children attend private or religious schools with public...

 

Toxics lobby pours money into North Carolina politics   |   May 31, 2012
As North Carolina lawmakers consider killing a state program designed to protect the public from toxic air pollution, major emitters of such pollution are pouring money into state...

 

Fracking interests spent heavily to influence NC lawmakers   |   May 24, 2012
With the debate over fracking for natural gas heating up at the North Carolina legislature, a new report from an elections watchdog group documents the industry's generous...

 

Voter ID coming to North Carolina?   |   February 21, 2012
Last year, North Carolina was one of several states where Republican state leaders aggressively pushed -- and passed -- a voter ID law. But the move prompted a backlash from civil...